Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
September 2014 Events Newsletter
National Senior Center Month
September is national "Senior Center Month." The theme for
Senior Center month is "Senior Centers: Experts at Living
Well." Visit the Center at 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Avenue in Salisbury often so we can help you "live well."
Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00pm. Come
out and celebrate National Senior Center Month as well as
help kick-off our fall schedule of activities. We'll have an
ice cream sundae buffet as well as opportunities to enroll
in various programs and classes being offered. Musical
entertainment will be provided. Sponsored by Carillon
Assisted Living, the event is free and open to all
interested older adults.
4th Annual Local Heroes Luncheon
Friday, September 5 the Senior Center will
provide a complimentary lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm for
local fire-fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMT's in
memory of 9-11 victims, and in honor of these special
community servants. Individuals are invited to: 1) sponsor
one or more of these heroes with $5 donations to help cover
the cost of the luncheon provided by local caterer Debbie
Suggs; 2) make and bring homemade desserts for the event;
and/or 3) volunteer to serve, wait tables, and clean-up the
day of the event. Monetary donations can be left at the
Front Desk or mailed to the Center at 1120 S. MLK, Jr.
Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. Desserts can be dropped off on
Thursday before the event at the Center. Volunteers agreeing
to work the event are asked to register in advance at the
Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Any funds received in
excess of expenses will be donated to the United Way
Campaign in honor of these local heroes.
Part-Time Job Fair
Wednesday, September 24 from 10am-1pm.
Looking for a little extra income? Come and participate in
our job fair featuring companies looking for part-time
employees. Coordinated by Rescare in affiliation with the
Regional Workforce Development Board, there are no fees or
charges involved to employers or candidates for employment.
Open to any interested adult. For more information, contact
the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
Bus Trip To Grandfather Mountain
Thursday, September 25. Motor
coach leaves the Senior Center at 8:00am, heading up to one
of North Carolinas greatest natural wonders. In addition to
the refurbished mile-high bridge, Mildred and her cubs await
us, as well as gift shops, zoo animals, and a great café
where we can enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch. Come see the most
spectacular scenery in the state, all dressed out for
autumn. This month Jan McCanless will serve as our tour
On the trip home, we'll stop at an outdoor market for
mountain produce, and the J& S Cafeteria in Hickory for a
Dutch-treat supper. We should return to Rufty-Holmes around
The cost is $45 per person which includes motor coach
transportation, admission to Grandfather Mountain, and all
gratuities. Interested older adults need to prepay at the
Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus.
Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you pick your
seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a
member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more
convenient, you can also pay by credit card as well as with
cash or check.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m.
A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive
early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of
Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Signing Up for Social Security"
Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm. The
second in our series of fall seminars for those considering
retirement in the near future. "Signing Up for Social
Security" will be presented by Brian Walker, District
Manager of the Salisbury Office of the Social Security
Administration. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is
sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County
Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no
charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling
Movie of the Month
Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00pm.
Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested
members. Come out and enjoy "Second Hand Lions," with
Michael Caine, Robert Duvall & Haley Joel Osment, rated PG,
on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free.
(Motion picture license # 12137390).
Activity Directors Class: For staff
working in adult care facilities. September 8 - November 13.
Six class meetings plus on-line work and examination.
Instructor is Tim Cornelison. $175.00 registration fee
payable to RCCC required at the time of registration.
Bridge Lessons: Begin Friday, September 26. Oriented toward all contract
bridge players who want to modernize their game and learn
more about the basic conventions that they should already be
using. After a three-week orientation, review, and
introduction of concepts, there is discussion and practice
on one convention each week. Each Friday from 10:00am until
noon. Cost is $6 per session. All materials will be
provided. Instructors will be Harold & Carol Winecoff. For
more information, and to register, contact the Front Desk or
call the Winecoffs at 704-857-2770.
Cooking for Cancer Prevention:
Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30pm. Enjoy cancer prevention
cooking & eating with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant.
Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy
foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage your time
& stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty dishes. The
cost of the cooking class, including the healthy meal, is
$12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.
Guitar Classes:Three new classes begin September 8. Absolute Beginner
Guitar will meet at 1:30pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:45pm, and
Intermediate Guitar at 4:00pm. Learn or re-learn to play the
guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar.
The cost for either eight- week course is $35 payable to the
instructor on the first day of class. New members should
bring a $5 material fee. For questions call Bob at
704-636-9395. To register call 704-216-7714.
Handmade Cards -Wednesday, September 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade
cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be
provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival.
Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is
required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Line Dancing Classes:
New Beginners: Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm beginning September 4.
Ten-week class with instruction from Cheryl Kluttz. $45 fee.
Hi-Beginner/Intermediate: Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm beginning
September 4. Instruction from Cheryl Kluttz. $4 per session
Matter of Balance: This eight-week class will meet Tuesdays from 4:00pm-
6:00pm beginning September 16. Register for the class at
Rufty-Holmes or by calling 704-216-7714. Matter of Balance
is an educational and exercise class for seniors who have
had a fall or are worried about falling. Caregivers are
also welcome to join. There is no fee for this class, but
voluntary contributions are accepted. Register early,
spaces are limited.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per
session payable to the instructor.
Paint, Piddle & Draw: New session
begins Tuesday, September 2. Led by Frances Driscoll,
participants work on drawing and painting projects of their
choosing with instructional support. Class meets from 9-11am
each Tuesday. $10 per month payable to instructor.
Participants must supply their own materials.
Stained Glass: For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two
sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45-8:45pm meeting from
September 15 - November 10. Instructor is Mike Ziegler.
$55.00 instruction fee plus materials. Members should
register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 beginning
Tuesday, September 2. Space is limited.
Tai Chi for Arthritis: New beginner
class starts Tuesday, September 16 from 3-3:45pm. Improve
your balance, reduce stress, and increase strength and
flexibility. Research shows this slow and gentle exercise
can improve health and reduce falls. Open to seniors 60
years and older. Class will meet September 16 - October 28.
There is no charge for the class, but donations will be
accepted. Call the Front Desk at the Center for more
information and to register.
Watercolor Painting: For beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Mondays
9:30am - 12:30pm meeting September 8 - November 10.
Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $36.00 registration fee
to RCCC plus materials. Payment must be made at time of
registration. Registration ends September 5 or when full.
Space is limited.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive
individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as
you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per
session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not
New Computer Classes
Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is
requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must
be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four
people is necessary to hold a computer class.
Thursday, September 11 for Android-style (Samsung, Acer,
Friday, September 12 for iPad. Both classes meet 1:00-4:00
pm. The fee is $10 for each class. Must bring your own
tablet. Come learn, through lots of sharing and laughter,
how to use your tablet.
Thursday-Friday, September 18-19 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Learn
how to use Microsoft Word to write minutes or letters,
create flyers, or do a newsletter. We will have some fun
while we learn.The fee is $20.
Thursday, September 18 at 8:00am.
We will gather at the Senior Center for a three-mile walk to
the gazebo on Park Avenue and back. We'll plan stops at the
Civic Center and McDonalds coming and going. This walk is
open to all club members and prospective club members. There
is no need to pre-register.
Men's & Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting
Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 pm.
The two clubs will meet jointly this month to compete in a
watermelon seed-spitting contest. Afterward, those present
will learn of the nutritional value of watermelon from
Valerie Velte, Corporate & Community Wellness RN from Novant
Health. This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan
Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and is open to
all men 55 years of age or older. Pre-registration is not
Exercise Program Opportunitiese
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings are available at different levels, and
Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic,
Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and
Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and
cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic
fitness equipment is also available for use,
with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and
instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information
or call 704-216-7714.
"Things Go Better with Coke"
Friday, September 26. Representatives
from Coca-Cola will be at the Center during the morning
visiting with health and fitness classes and distributing
Coca-Cola brand bottled water and zero calorie products.
Classes will also be trying out the new exercise body bars
recently donated to our fitness program by Coca-Cola.
"Living Healthy" Class
Put Life Back Into Your Life. Are you an adult age 60 or
older with an ongoing health condition? You'll get the
support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and
fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices,
understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to
talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you
have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood
pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the "Living
Healthy"class can help you take charge of your
The class will be held each Friday from 9:30am-noon for
sixweeks beginning September 5.
There is no charge for the workshop, but voluntary
contributions are accepted. The sessions will be held at
First Baptist Church at 223 North Fulton Street in
Salisbury. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan
to improve your health-and your life. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to register, or for more
information. Space is limited.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, September 3 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood,
LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an
appointment call 704-213-6059.
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty-Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, September 4 at
AARP Chapter - Thursday, September 4 at 12:30pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, September 5 at
Ambassadors Club - Monday, September 8 at noon
Military Officers Association Meeting - Monday,
September 8 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, September 8 at
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, September 10 at
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, September 11 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, September 11 at
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, September
15 at 10:00am
NARFE - Monday, September 15 at noon
ADK Sorority - Monday, September 15 at 6:30pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, September 16 at
Golden Rule SS Class of First United Methodist
Church - Tues, Sept 16 at 6:00pm
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel -
Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30am
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday,
September 18 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, September 19 at
Olde Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, September 22 at
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, September
25 at 1:00pm
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Monthly Grief Support Group
Wednesday, September 3 at 9:00am.
Grief support group sessions provide opportunities
for people who have experienced the death of a loved
one to meet others who are experiencing similar
losses. Members come together to normalize and
validate their experiences of grief, to find
strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain
a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by
Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by
Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE. Pre-registration
is not required.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located
at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers
Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet
with Rowan County veterans to assist them in
applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they
are legally entitled.
For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care
Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will
be available on the third Wednesday of each month
from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
This 'n That
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on
Friday, September 12 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons
IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic
Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use
by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior
Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 IS "NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY."
PLEASE HONOR OUR NATION'S GRANDPARENTS, THE
GUARDIANS AND TEACHERS OF OUR SOCIAL VALUES.
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT
Senior Center and all Lunch Clubs will be closed on
Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.
For more information about Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center, go to www.ruftyholmes.org
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center